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17 August 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Mathew Ryan

On the eve of his arrival back in the city from Paris, Brighton & Hove Albion fans have been told to expect record signing Jose Izquierdo to bring a buzz of excitement to the club.
Albion keeper Mathew Ryan will share a dressing room with the Colombian international for a second time, having played in the same Club Brugge side as him in 2014/15. The Aussie stopper also lined up against him last season in the Belgian league.
Ryan says the winger is real character and is backing him to be a big success.

He told, "He's a very exciting player, very quick and explosive. All in all he's a character, and will bring even more personality to the team with his style of play.

"He can do really well for us with the pace he has and cause havoc for opposition defences. What sets him apart is his directness for goal, whether he's picking the ball up on the wing or elsewhere, he's got his eye on goal.
"At the same time, he has the awareness to pass and if there's someone in a better position, he's a great team player and can play in others. He will be a great asset to the team and I'm looking forward to him coming in."

Jose Izquierdo

Izquierdo is in France today, collecting his visa, after being granted a work permit yesterday. He's expected to arrive back in the UK tomorrow, and train this weekend; the earliest Albion fans might see Izquierdo in action is against Barnet on Tuesday night.
Manager Chris Hughton hasn't ruled out handing the live-wire winger his debut in Tuesday night's second round Carabao Cup tie at the Amex. When he does make his bow, Ryan says it will be worth the wait.
"A lot of clubs are investing in their attackers to try and find players that can make the difference in tough moments.

"Jose has scored some important goals at important times for Club Brugge and he has the ability to make something out of nothing. He's going to help our chances of having a successful year."

Meanwhile Ryan also gave an insight into the character of Izquierdo, who's pets include a French bulldog and a micro pig, adding, "We called him the crazy Colombian! He's loves his music and is always smiling and laughing.

"He's the type of bloke who is good to have around. You are always guaranteed a smile when you're in his presence. Hopefully he brings a lot of smiles to everyone at Brighton, and I am looking forward to being reunited with him here."

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